Zero-Calorie Foods List You Can Eat Without Gaining Weight
The Friendly Guys
The Zero Approach!
There is a God and you can eat food that won't make you fat. Zero calorie foods take more energy to digest and adsorb into the system than the actual energy in the food itself. What does this mean? Some foods have less calories than the calories your body uses to process it.
The revelation: you can eat these foods as part of your daily diet and not count their calories. Use a little imagination and these foods can and will rock your boat. So here's a few to get you started.
- beet root
- green beans
Fruits And Vegetables
- Fruits make great snacks. Top your breakfast cereal with raspberries and sliced apple to add bulk and flavor.
- Fruits make fabulous desserts. A scoop of ice sorbet and you're in the mode. Grill pineapple slices or stew some apples to accompany your sorbet.
- Fresh orange or grapefruit juice are anytime cool drinks or really put the squeeze on and make fresh lemonade.
- Strawberries and cranberries make great smoothies. Chop them up and add to a yogurt for a quick fix.
- There is so much to do with fruit, especially the ones mentioned. If time is stretched a plum or apricot are easy to eat on the run.
- A special occasion doesn't have to cost you pounds (in weight). Pavlova is a pretty low fat delicious dessert. Cream filled, topped with strawberries (or your choice from the list). A whopping 3 1/2 oz serving is less than a cheeseburger at only 300 calories. There is more calories in two slices of toast, bet your canceling the bread order as I type.
- Steamed, stir fry, simmered or lightly roasted vegetables are an important part of our daily consumption. Cooking our vegetables with a little extra care, (not overcooking) we maintain a fuller flavor. Bulking our food intake without compromising the taste. Of course there's the added bonus of eating more without the calories which aids our metabolism.
- Throw a slice of orange in the pot when you cook your carrots or add a splash of orange juice.
- Add basil and oregano to your tomato soup.
- Try a little crushed garlic and sliced ginger with your stir fry.
- Use fresh herbs to enhance flavor, chillies, chives and cress really liven up a salad.
- Season your vegetables: carrots & coriander; peas & mint; peppers & thyme.
Add Herbs And Spices
Variety Speaks Volumes
Perhaps you're reading this thinking: big deal, I hate all that stuff anyway! Do you want to fit into your skinny jeans? Then be patient. We eat with our eyes and smell too plays an amazing part in what we eat. If you were looking at a double cheese burger that smelled of rotten fish, I doubt you'd want to eat it. Back to the grind stone.
How often do you tuck into a bowl of soup? Most of the above vegetables are crying out to be part of something big! Carrot and orange, spinach and leek, tomato and basil, onion and cauliflower. Fresh veg, stock, a few tasty herbs and you've got a low fat snack, lunch or starter.
Select your favorite fruits or vegetables. Add a little milk, ice and blitz. The result is a tasty liquid breakfast or a great snack. If you're going to blame Mr Time do it the night before, sorted.
- Bulk Up:
Bulk your main meals by adding more vegetables. Add carrots, kale, swede, onions, leeks, peppers, celery, fennel or any from the list to soups, stews and casseroles: Love your mashed potatoes, add a little carrot, kale or swede to your mash without adding calories. The result is a little similar to the Irish dish, colcannon.
- Stir Fry:
Stir fry your veg (choose from the list) in a little olive oil. Sprinkle over grated nutmeg and a few fresh herbs. You'll have a winner. Fresh herbs have very little calories yet are full of flavor and bring a little pzazz to your veggies. Dried herbs also work well, opt for chinese 5 spice to tickle your taste buds.
- Add flavour:
Enjoy natural low fat condiments and cupboard favorites in your dishes. Black pepper, mustard, salsa, tomato puree, hummus, horseradish and ginger to mention but a few. Marinade meats and fish with lemon or orange juice with complimentary herbs or spices and your food will taste great.
Don't leave low calorie condiments on the shelf. Give mayo and butter a holiday and add a little salsa to your cheese or shrimp sandwiches. Ham loves mustard and beef is a marriage with horseradish. Don't forget to add onion, tomato and cress.
Make your own sauces to compliment a dish. Tomato and oregano will be very happy alongside grilled chicken or fish. Place a mix of peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes in a roasting dish, sprinkle with fresh herbs and olive oil. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are just cooked. Quick and easy.
White onion sauce will love pork. Vegetables will be happy in a provencal. And prawns will taste great in a sweet chili sauce. Use orange or lemon juice and zest to add a quick zing if time is of the essence.
Left over whole vegetables are great in an omelette or a frittata. Mashed or puree make a quick soup or blitz with a little olive oil and garlic and you'll have a great sauce for any white meat or pasta.
No More Boring Salads Please
No Limp Salad Please
Salads don't have to be limp and tasteless. Check out the options below.
- A dish of crisp lettuce, thinly sliced onion, fresh tomatoes, diced cucumber, sliced beet root, fresh crunchy beans, grated carrot and a little sprinkle of chili flakes with a drizzle of olive oil and white wine vinegar is superb. Add a grilled chicken breast, shaved parmesan, or fresh cooked shrimp and dinner is served.
- A mix of watermelon and strawberries with a little fresh mint and a spoon of greek yogurt is a tasty treat to accompany any white fish dish or serve as a starter.
- Washed baby spinach or water cress with a pinch of nutmeg are an excellent replacement for lettuce leaves.
- A fresh salsa of diced tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and a squeeze of lime is a wonderful fresh combination.
- Roasted cherry tomatoes with a little olive oil and balsamic mixed through some rocket or spinach leaves with thinly sliced red onion makes a great side dish.
The Goodness In Fruit And Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are a necessary food in our every day lives. They fight against all kinds of diseases from heart attacks to cancer; improving eyesight; bringing a shine to our hair; giving strength to our nails and teeth not to mention boosting our energy. Just a few important jobs our friendly friends are happy to do for us. We don't have to live off fruit and vegetables, but they are a natural low fat food served as they come or lightly cooked. Added to our daily meals they provide much needed vitamins and minerals. There is nothing wrong with adding a little dressing to your salad or a little greek yogurt to a fruit bowl or indeed a small scoop of ice cream (100 cals).
Enjoy your meat and fish dishes, but always serve with salad or vegetables (ok we all need chips now and then or life could get tricky). Broadening your knowledge about spices, herbs and condiments to compliment foods will result in tastier healthier dishes. Making your own soups and sauces will become a doddle. Portions can be frozen for easy supper dishes.
Our lives are very busy these days and it's true we often have no time to prepare fresh meals. However, I guarantee you, your future is worth investing in. Your health and your families health are worth investing in. The most difficult things we do, are somethings new and different. When we know what we're doing, well it's a piece of cake! (or should I say a piece of pavlova).
What's your favorite healthy dish?
How many of the zero calorie foods listed would you eat?
© 2010 Gabriel Wilson